The Edinburgh International Festival

  • 07 August 2021 - 29 August 2021
  • Selection of performances through Edinburgh City and Online.

Marking the return of live performance to Scotland’s capital, the 2021 EIF returns, with bespoke outdoor venues to safely reunite artists and audiences to rediscover the magic of live performance.

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(Image Credit: LSO & Sir Simon Rattle by Mark Allan)

Edinburgh International Festival is the world’s leading performing arts festival, featuring the finest performers from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. Created in 1947 to celebrate the human spirit, the International Festival normally serves as an annual cultural exchange, every August, for an international audience exceeding 400,000 per year.

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(Image Credit: Nicola Bendetti by Simon Fowler)

This year, a selection of performance spaces across the city will include three temporary outdoor pavilions designed especially for live performance. The pavilions will be situated at iconic city locations including Edinburgh Park, the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quadand Edinburgh Academy’s Junior School and will feature covered concert stages and socially distanced seating to create a beautiful setting for audiences to safely enjoy live music, opera and theatre once more.

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(Image Credit: Ista Kanneh-Mason by Robin Cleweley)

As part of an ongoing commitment to accessibility, the International Festival will release a selection of high-quality streamed performances free of charge during each week of the Festival, for audiences in Edinburgh and around the world to enjoy from home. 

Full details of the EIF 2021 programme, which spans opera, orchestral and chamber music, theatre and contemporary music can be found on



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